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Opioid epidemic is so extreme librarians are being trained to treat overdose victims

June 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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The country’s opioid epidemic has gotten so out of control that even librarians are being prepared to help if someone overdoses.

In Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, library personnel are being given first aid kits with Naxolone doses inside, a vital drug which reverses the fatal effects of heroin and meth via nose spray or injection.

Employees have learned how to administer it responsibly to people inside the libraries, but they are also now rushing outside to save addicts in parks and other public areas.

Denver Central Library is another place where staff have been trained to treat overdoses

City officials said the issue is among the worst public health emergencies that they had ever seen.

Chera Kowalski, 33, has taken several people back from the edge of death at Philadelphia’s McPherson Square Library.

The library was required to close its doors for three days when needles backed up its sewage system last year, according to CNN.

They have since had to post signs on the doors of the bathroom limiting people to five minutes in the lavatory, and they are only allowed in after leaving their ID with employees.

Naxolone, known by brand name Narcan, reverses the effects of deadly opioids like heroin

They added that that part of the issue in Philadelphia is drug tourism which brings addicts from all over the U.S. to Kensington, an area which is known to possess the purest form of heroin on the East Coast.

At Colorado’s Denver Central Library, staff had to treat an individual with Naxolone – which is often known as Narcan – on the same day they received their first dose of it.

In San Francisco, someone fatally overdosed in the restroom of a library. Afterward, workers across the city were trained to administer Narcan.

The opioid epidemic claimed 33,000 livesĀ in 2015. While heroin remains one of the most lethal drugs, painkillers are also to blame.

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